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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take a class over again if I did poorly the first time?

Students may repeat a total of 28 units maximum (16 units of Grade Forgiveness and 12 units of Grade Averaging) for courses where a grade of “C-“ or below was earned. A single course may be repeated twice, for a total of 3 attempts maximum.

After grades are posted to student records at the end of each semester, a program is run to apply the repeat policy to courses that have been repeated in that semester. The original and repeated courses must be taken at CSUF.

Before repeating a course, ask yourself some questions:

  • Is successful completion of this course required for my major or GEs?
  • Will I be changing my major?
  • Will I be more likely to earn a passing grade this time around?
  • If I am using Financial Aid, will the tuition for the repeated course be covered?

Be sure to consult with the Office of Financial Aid before repeating courses if you are receiving financial aid.

Can I take GE courses at another institution?

Yes. You can take certain courses at another universiyt or community college to meet your GE requirements. Visit to learn exactly which courses from another campus can be used to meet your GE requirements at CSUF.

You can also use CSU Fully Online to find acceptable courses.

How can I prepare for my advising appointment?

  • Plan meetings ahead of time, so you’re ready before decisions need to be made.
  • Come prepared to share your academic hopes.
  • Consider bringing questions to ask your advisor.
  • Review your academic requirements, plan, and advising notes from previous meetings.
  • Engage and participate by explaining your personal academic goals and expectations.
  • Be honest about your circumstances and what you need to succeed.
  • If you don’t understand something, ask for clarity.
  • Leave knowing your next steps.

Where do I go for pre-health professional advising?

Make an appointment with the Health Professions Advising Program.

How do I find my advisor?

You may find your advisor by checking out our Find My Advisor web page.